Tuesday, January 02, 2007

More newcomer resolutions

If you haven’t yet finished making your New Year’s resolutions, here are some suggestions in response to my recent column on some things newcomers can do to get settled in this region:

“Thoughts to share: Always have at least three things in mind that you like about your new home to share with people you meet. Can be as simple as ‘I love the way a full moon peeps through the trees in our backyard’ to ‘People smile at you on the street, whether they know you or not.’ Share your positive comments every chance you get. Try to find something new every week to add to your ‘I Like’ list....

‘I resolve not to talk about how things were better back home’ – Simply don't compare – unless the new place comes out looking better. You can be misunderstood.” – M.H. Roche

“Join and get active in a good church. May I suggest East Baptist Church, 6850 Monroe Road. We would welcome newcomers.” – Jackie

“My New Years resolution: I want to become involved in a garden club.” – Elizabeth, who reports she’s still looking for the best club fit – folks with suggestions can send them to me and I’ll forward them to her.


And on another note, writing about newcomers means I write a lot about population growth. Here, courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau, is some food for thought:

“The U.S. Census Bureau projected the Jan. 1, 2007, population (as) 300,888,812, up 2,863,990 or 1 percent from New Year’s Day 2006.

In January, the United States is expected to register one birth every eight seconds and one death every 11 seconds.

Meanwhile, net international migration is expected to add one person every 27 seconds.

The result is an increase in the total population of one person every 15 seconds.”


Anonymous Anonymous said...

We just got the LOTTERY here and Im greatful not just for the LOTTERY but because Citizens want change in their Government; We are trying to get AFSME Unions for our Southern workers so they may enjoy a decent life and a fair retirement after working their asses off down here; This is my resolution for 2007 and this will make the job stability a lot better than it is.

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am running for MAYOR when Pat Mcroy decides to hang up the spurs and will be a contraversial one at that; First, Id like to finsi the I-485 outerbelt complete, then we start a city payroll tax so everone pays their fair share and create continuity for roads. Next Id like to see Unions in Charlotte Police, city workers and eventually Teachers and State workers. This AFSME Union will help more income get spread around. We will make this city the rival of Atlanta and Companies will line up to come here.

9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Great ,great grandfather was a UNION soldier and his letters said" that Southern women are the best lovers " Im taking what he said was " they kiss real sweet" I dont know now but thats what I read.

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We may be all related Southerners and Northerners a lot of hanky panky went right after the civil war, thats what I read from my great ,great grandfathers war letters.

9:59 AM  
Blogger Leigh said...

Hey everyone - this entry is not about the Civil War. I'm going to start deleting Civil War comments from here on. Let's keep it on topic - what's going on with newcomers in 2007?

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look once you Southerners get a taste of real life of a rich and powerful city you will like it; This city has a lot of potential and thats what the "HOUSE OF WINDSOR" who actually owns it , wants; Yes , the Queen of England still owns large vast amounts of land down here as far back as Cornwallis era; Charlotte township has large ties with the British empire and always did. The British Southern liason is located in one of the uptown towers as we speak.
Yes, George Washington won YORKTOWN but the British stil owned all the business and continue to do so today; The Britsh own 85% percent of all the companies in the U.S. and the rest to Germany and Japan and so on . So cheers everyone.

12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me tell everyone in North Carolina I have traveled this State second to Daniel Boone and its wonderful. This State has the Beautiful Mountains and everlasting sea to the East; After your visit to Charlotte try to see the Ockracoke coast before its all under water someday. Wonderful dining of local seafood as well as other goodies. Buxton comes to mind with the Quarterdeck Restaruant and Cedar Creek lodge that has both views of the Abermarle and Pamilco sound and all fresh caught seafood. Calabash is also one of my favorites when the catch is in season. Southport area comes to mind for the beautiful views of the Cape Fear river and dont forget to take an outstanding ferry ride from one end of the coast to the top near Washington D.C. its all State ran ferrys and personel and very professional. The three hour ride between Cedar island and Okracoke is my favorite complete with refreshment and modern Bathrooms, enjoy the birds and views.

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite Lighthouse is both "OLD SWIRLY" nickname for the Cape Hatteras lighthouse which is the tallest in the U.S. and built in the 1800s; Next I love for the panaramic marsh views is Currituck sound lighthouse , once you go up this 150 foot tower you dont want to leave. Yes, there are still wild horses still running around the beaches and beach forests. And dont forget Corolla forest park and preserve you wont believe the scenic view at the end of that trail "picture postcard quality" Duck is a fantastic place to view spectacular 20,000 square foot beach houses with all the fancy architechture.

12:55 PM  
Anonymous Caiden C said...

I enjoyed reading this

10:06 AM  

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